The Brighton Belle
Remember the Brighton Belle that ran from Brighton to London Victoria and was a luxury Pullman train? The train was steam-hauled until 1933 when electric units were introduced. In 1934 the train was renamed Brighton Belle and ran with this title until withdrawal in early the 1970’s. The carriages were preserved and some are used on the Orient Express.
The meals on board were legendary. It was apparently renowned for serving kippers, and Laurence Olivier was among those who enjoyed them. I think there was a protest when kippers were withdrawn and eventually they were re-instated. I remember travelling on it with my wife on 26 September 1963 on the 5.25pm. We paid the extra cost of the ticket and just about afforded a cup of tea; the menu at that time is reproduced here. It seemed the height of luxury to us.